PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Images of greater St. Louis show the leftovers of protests following the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Following pleas of peace from the President to Brown's family, demonstrators gathered in solidarity of Ferguson, Mo. in Portland Tuesday.
"Truly what we need...vigils for our young who are taken far too soon," said Rachel Talbot Ross, the NAACP Portland Chapter president.
The grand jury's decision sparked protests and rallies all over the country, but Portland activists held two peaceful protests. About 100 people gathered in Monument Square early Tuesday evening, holding signs that read, "No Justice, No Peace" and "A Riot is the language of the Unheard." The point of the demonstration was to show that there are people in Maine who stand with Ferguson. Religious leaders called on the community to channel their anger into action.
"We are working working with the chief to structure some more. But truly, what we need is a commitment to training for police and law enforcement," said Talbot Ross.
A 9 p.m., activists returned to Monument Square to light a candle for Brown and to pray for peace. They marched on Congress up to Longfellow, hoping Portland would hear the pleas for change.
While the Maine protesters were showing support for Ferguson, rioters took to the street outside the Ferguson Police Department. They were running and screaming no justice no peace while going down the street.